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Father of ex-Ryder Cup skipper Sam Torrance dies, aged 82

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Europe Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington (R) is watched by coach Bob Torrance during a practice session at Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales on September 28, 2010
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Europe Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington (R) is watched by coach Bob Torrance during a practice session at Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales on September 28, 2010 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)

London (AFP) - Renowned golf coach Bob Torrance has died at the age of 82, his son Sam announced on Friday.

Torrance was best known for his work with two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington, who he inspired to both his Claret Jugs in 2007 and 2008.

Torrance had been battling cancer for some time and son Sam, a European Tour veteran and the 2002 European Ryder Cup captain, announced he had passed away on Twitter on Friday.

"Sad day my dad just passed away peacefully in his sleep #reallygoingtomisshim," he said.

As well as Harrington, Torrance also coached his son and Paul McGinley among a host of others, but will be best remembered for his work with the former, who once described his coach as a "genius".

The pair were so close that Harrington used to stop at the family home in Largs with Torrance and his wife June, and following his first Open victory at Carnoustie the Irishman rang his mentor within 30 minutes of walking off the 18th green.

"Bob is the best swing coach in the world," Harrington said after successfully defending his Open title at Birkdale in 2008.

"You can see his genius in the way he can analyse any swing. He's spent his whole life examining the golf swing and his knowledge of cause and effect is just incredible."

Torrance was also a keen disciple of Ben Hogan and used to visit the nine-time major winner at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.

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